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Show Tunes S4 EP 23: ON A CLEAR DAY YOU CAN SEE FOREVER (1965)

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Original 1965 Cast Album Cover "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever"

Burton Lane and Alan Jay Lerner's psychic, time-traveling 1965 musical!

Daisy (Barbara Harris) wants to quit smoking, so she goes to a psychiatrist (Mark - John Cullum). It turns out she's very susceptible to hypnotic suggestion, so he puts her under hypnosis. While she's under, she experiences an apparent past life regression as Melinda, an 18th-Century English lady. Unbeknownst to Daisy, the psychiatrist develops a crush on Melinda.

Oh, by the way - Daisy has psychic powers, which she finds very embarrassing: she can make plants grow by talking to them, can tell you when your phone is about to ring, and can find any object you've lost.

Talk about complicated love: Daisy's engaged to boring Warren, but has a crush on Mark. Mark has a crush on (long dead and possibly imaginary) Melinda, but isn't that interested in Daisy (at first).

You won't hear a lot of these tunes anywhere but on this original cast recording. "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever" was nominated for a few Tony awards but didn't run very long, and it's been revised many times since it was first recorded.

Tony Awards

None! 4 nominations, no wins

Biggest Hits

On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
What Did I Have That I Don't Have?

Honorable Mentions

Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here (Barbara Harris is adooooorable)
Come Back To Me (Lerner's rhyming in this one is bananas!)

Cringe Alert

When I'm Being Born Again - if you ask, "Why the random stereotyped Greek guy?" - so did audiences and critics. This number was totally revamped immediately after the show's premiere run, and has since been cut entirely.

Musical Numbers

  1. Overture
  2. Hurry! It's Lovely Up Here!
  3. Tosy and Cosh
  4. On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
  5. On the S.S. Bernard Cohn
  6. Don't Tamper with My Sister
  7. She Wasn't You
  8. Melinda
  9. When I'm Being Born Again
  10. What Did I Have That I Don't Have?
  11. Wait Till We're Sixty-Five
  12. Come Back to Me
  13. Finale

Kate Botello is a host and producer at Classical IPR.